First of all, I'd like to offer our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the families of those deceased soldiers.
Obviously, it's a very important issue. I think the reason we're here today, and the reason we published this report, is to help people have hope that there is something once they transition from the forces.
A lot of our reports have said that some of the biggest problems we face have to do with transition. Of course, transition is the responsibility of two departments, National Defence and Veterans Affairs Canada. There need to be some improvements so that people who are entering a transition phase can see beyond their release and have some hope that there are opportunities coming up.
Right now, with some of the challenges they're facing, and sometimes the lack of communication, people are not sure what's on the other side. I believe it would proactively help with some of those situations if, from the time that people are told they may be getting out of the forces, they could have some hope that they will be treated well.
I note that one of these individuals was a reservist. Not that long ago we published a report to provide identification cards for reservists and regular force members that would give them a status immediately. This way, when they leave the forces, they become veterans of Canada and are recognized as such. With that, there would be an ability to track them, to find out where they are and how they're doing.
If we can fix some of the things in the new Veterans Charter, we can help people in the future.